Taraban CAN bribed N50m to endorse PDP gov candidates, claims opposition

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Taraban CAN bribed N50m to endorse PDP gov candidates, claims opposition

The Taraba state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, has been alleged by three governorship candidates in the state to have collected N50 million to endorse the Peoples Democratic Party, governorship candidate col. Kefas Agbu as a Christian candidate to be supported in the March 11 governorship poll.

The three guber candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha of the All Progressive Congress, Joel Ikenya of the Labour Party, and Danladi Baido of the Social Democratic Party, expressed their grievances while speaking in a joint press conference on Thursday, at the Correspondents’ chapel Jalingo.

They said they were disappointment in Taraba CAN noting that rather than stand for the entire Christians and development of the state as an umbrella body, they have chosen to be a political stooge that do not mind the future of the state.

Nigeria Tribune said that they alleged the state leadership of CAN collected N50 million from the PDP governorship candidate Kefas Agbu and endorse him as a preferred candidate for Christian in the state to support in the March 11, governorship election.

According to them, “We are disappointed at CAN Taraba state for collecting N50 million to an unqualified person and endorse him as a preferred candidate for Christians in the state. Rather than being for the entire Christians, they have turned themselves to selfish political government parastatal, trying to plunge the state into another mess, we will not allow it happen again.

“To put the story straight, we were all sent an invitation text message last week from CAN for prayers toward our journey to become governor. We both honored the invitation and the CAN leadership told us that it was good for us Christian candidates to have an understanding before we go into the poll. We all agreed that it was a good idea since it was for continue peace of the state.

“To our greatest disappointment, we came home and got another massage from CAN that they have endorse the PDP candidate Kefas Agbu and we should all support him. It is disappointing that our finding reviewed that they collected N50m from the candidate and want all Christians to support him.

“We are not religious candidates, we are candidates of the people who are out to save Taraba state from the mess found in. We will not allow a stranger to rule Taraba again, we are calling on all Christians to disregard the endorsement and support candidate that knows Taraba and the people’s problems.

“Look at the three of us, can Kefas be compere to us in terms of who is qualify to save Taraba from the abysmal performance of governor Darius Ishaku?, He doesn’t know anything or anywhere in Taraba state even in Wukari where he comes from, he can not even mention five council wards in the local government.

“It would have been acceptable if CAN had chosen among the three of us here because we are all qualify. We are grassroots political servants of the people and we know what the people want. Kefas Agbu is not qualify to be governor of Taraba so, we will not allow that bad endorsement stand to confuse Christians because it is all about the future of Taraba state.

“Taraba has been taken backward in the hands of an unqualified person who does not know the problem of the state and now CAN still want the state to continue in the same mess. We will not allow it happen.

“We can not stop CAN from abandoning the work of God and embarrassingly looking for money that is capable of destroying the future of the entire Taraba state but we will not allow Christians follow them in such bad decision” The three candidates expressed.

Nigerian Tribune reports that, Taraba state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria had last week Friday, issued a statement informing all Christians in the state of their endorsement on the PDP governorship candidate as a prefer Christian candidate to be supported in the upcoming governorship election in Taraba state.

It was gathered that, however, the Intergrated Christian Ministers Association of Nigeria had also disclaimed the endorsement, noting that the endorsement was not for the best interest and development of Taraba state.